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of russian mi-17 helicopters, to support afghan troops, bypassing u.s. manufacturers. the defense department signed the deal more than two years ago and pentagon officials defended the move, citing a 2010 top secret study, which they said recommended the russian helicopter as the top choice. but the associated press has obtained excerpts of the study, which said the u.s. manufactured chinook helicopter was the, quote, most cost effective single platform type fleet for the afghan air force over a 20-year period. the russian deal sparking outrage in congress, as lawmakers pressed officials during defense department budget hearings in april. >> with all the tens of billions of dollars we put into afghanistan, this is a tough one to justify. >> reporter: the defense department says the afghan military already trains and uses the russian chopper, while the u.s. chinook would require retraining afghan forces. >> we are trying to provide them as much capability as possible, so that they can, in fact, take responsibility for security. >> reporter: a pentagon spokesman tells abc news the russian heli
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